Let’s light up the world

An unlit candle awaiting your attentionLighting a candle is a way to let Christ, the Light, into our lives; it is a way to let our light (of care, concern, hope, love, compassion, interconnectedness, peace) shine into the world;  it is an invitation to warmth; the fire of a candle ascends, like our prayer; it can be an offering of self, “our souls and bodies” to  God’s glory. … The lit candle can be our continuing prayer, even when our conscious praying is interrupted or distracted into oblivion.

The lit candle, especially in the darkest part of the night, is a symbol of an unquenchable hope; it is a symbol of a life-giving trust (in God).

I encourage you to light a candle, offer a prayer, give light (no, give the Light you know) to the world.

For further reading and reflection

“In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. Why should cyberspace not be sacred?”
From the website of Gratefulness.org as an introduction to a sacred space in which you can light a candle.

I have started a Group for us on Gratefulness.org. The Group initials are 4 letters: a-m-e-n. Our group is “amen” (without the quotes). As you complete the guided process to light your candle in cyberspace you will have the opportunity to enter a set of Group initials. Use “amen” (without the quote marks). All candles with the Group initials amen will appear together. If you want to find your candle, use your initials in the space provided.

“Amen.” Of course, this is a common ending to our prayers. To say Amen to a prayer is to say to all who hear “Let it be so, even more than I can say, or more than I can ask or imagine, let it be so.”

Click here: Light a candle on Gratefulness.org: I will greet you there and you will be guided in your candle lighting effort; God will do the rest.

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (now retired) in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

2 thoughts on “Let’s light up the world”

  1. Who planted the seed? For the last 60 years I have been asked: where did you get such a strong faith? I had many different answers. When I was 4, 5 and 6 my great aunt would sometimes babysit me on the weekends at her apartment. Sunday mornings we would ride the Wilshire bus to downtown Los Angeles to go to her church, a very large Christian church in Pershing Square. We would sit in the balcony and I would listen to the preacher tell me how much God loves me. Did that plant the seed? I was raised an Episcopalian and went to Sunday school as long as I can remember, but we never talked religion at home eventhough we attended church. Did that plant the seed? In grade school and high school I sang in the choir. I loved the hymns. Did they plant the seed? I went to church in the town where I went to college and I studied philosophy. Many of the great philosophers argued against religion but I was able to say: ‘this is what I am studying, It has nothing to do with what I believe’. The seed had already taken hold. It was growing strong. Now, after all these years, I believe it was planted by God even before I was conceived. “The soul always was and always will be” said Plato. The seed was always there. What a blessing, what a gift. It is a candle buring in my heart and I will always be grateful. joan

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